Zambia’ immediate past president Rupiah Bwezani Banda has been appointed leader of the 18 member election observation mission to Lesotho.
The people of Lesotho will hold national assembly polls next week May 26, 2012.
President Banda who has been based in Boston US, will head the team of influential civil society and religious representatives under the auspices of the Electoral Institute of Southern Africa (EISA) – whose patron is former president of Botswana sir Ketumire Masire.
President Banda is due go arrive in Maseru, Lesotho on Monday where he is set to meet with various stakeholders, including king of Lesotho and the prime minister ahead of the elections.
President Banda will also address the press to highlight the preelection issues in Lesotho.
This is a second time that president Banda has been honored with the privilege of heading a respectable election observer mission in south Africa. Last year, he was co leader for the US carter centre during the November polls in the democratic public of congo.
President Banda stepped down as president of Zambia in 2011 following an election defeat and is international hailed as an icon of African democracy for peacefully handing over the presidency to the opposition.
Since he left office, he has been invited by several international organizations and groups to offer advice and support on democracy and good governance.
President Banda is currently based at the Boston University in the US where he is lecturing democracy as a president in residence.